Contemporaneity has long revealed difficulties in what it means to inhabit a space, both in rural and urban contexts: from the economic unsustainability of having to pay rent or buy a house, to the ecological crisis in terms of materials and land use, to the inability of the hyper-individualized mode of living to favor and sustain conviviality. The thematic line of “structures” reflects (through the act of building) on living as a process of care and relation, through practices of elementary self-construction and of “making place”, to open new perspectives and critical reframings on what it means to inhabit a space today. What we call a home is the result of an interpretation of space, loaded with symbolism, a spatialized interior state. Is setting roots in a place the same thing as inhabiting it? Or can we also find a definition of home that fits temporary states? What subjective and collective conditions make us think of a shelter, a small mobile house, or a temporary refuge, as a home? During the Social Camp we will construct temporary minimal architectures through the assemblage of modular elements, learning together how to regain our constructive skills as a tool of resistance and self-organization. Looking at the surrounding landscape, we will experiment with found materials and natural tinctures to imagine new and unexpected relations with the environment and the species that inhabit it.
RUDIMENTS LAB_Practices of minimal construction (Lorenzo Malloni)
"It's about understanding how the experience ofinhabiting the limit, the emergency, of thein levare that can virally attack the metropolis and reinvent outdoor and indoor spaces."
Rudiments Lab is a minimal construction workshop that puts into practice methods and theories of living in limit states. During the Social Camp, workshop practitioners will build a camping tent following modular assembly techniques with developments of isometric geometries where the repetition of a single structural element generates spaces of different sizes and uses.
The workshop invites practitioners to learn how to apply a specific construction grammar to the collective construction of archetypal housing units that can be developed and applied in different contexts, stimulating the creative use of materials readily available anywhere.
Natural dyeing practices with Giuditta Canuto and Sandra Quarantini
The last activity of this thematic line will focus on processing the fabrics that we will use to cover the tents.
We will start with an exploratory walk, to get in touch with the territory and its flora, by identifying and collecting plants that can be used for dyeing. Then, participants will be guided in the discovery of wild plants, and in the exploration of different printing techniques (for example, vegetable dyes, ecoprinting or hammering).
Finally, the different techniques will be applied to the tent fabrics. They will be hand-painted with mineral mordant and vegetable dyes. This way, we will obtain different colours from a single dye bath, giving our camping tents a unique look.